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analyst. the 19-year-old has not been read his miranda rights. why does this matter what has it allowed for? what is the issue here? >> a lot of variables here, the question is he in any kwan condition to answer questions with or without miranda? what is his health situation? also, even if he doesn't get miranda warnings, he may decline to answer questions in any case. they can't force him to answer questions, but if he does not receive miranda warnings and if he then anticipates questions those answers cannot be used in a criminal case against him. they can be used for intelligence gathering. they can be used if there are other conspirators who may be prosecuted, can't be used against him. other evidence can be used against him. may be lots of other evidence. if you don't get miranda warnings, your statements i can't be used against you. >> so this is a sensitive issue. another sensitive issue raised by republican senators, lindsey graham, kelly ayotte, peter king, they released a statement, the suspect, based upon his actions, clearly is a good candidate for enemy combat tant status.
's been read his miranda rights and at what point does he get counsel? >> he will get counsel more or less immediately, if he asks for it. certainly he will be read his miranda rights. this is obviously a very controversial subject involving terrorism investigations, but since this was an fbi arrest, this will -- he will be read his miranda rights. he doesn't have to ask for a lawyer. he could make statements that could later be used against him. that's after all what the miranda warnings are. you can have an attorney or you can make a statement. depending on -- >> jeff, let me jump in here. i want to check in with john king. >> -- he will either speak to -- >> john, you're hearing more? >> i just want to pass along information from our producer, who says two federal law enforcement officials have confirmed to her they have verified the identity. it is the younger brother, suspect number two, in custody. it is now they say federal officials verified the identity and have no doubt. as i said earlier, a federal official i communicated with said in custody, unspecified medical needs and they
. >> speaking of legal standards, the decision was made to not read dzhokhar tsarnaev his miranda rights, at least not yet. can you explain a little bit more about that decision? i think a lot of people and others who expect when you get arrested you get yourmy r miran rights are surprised by this decision. >> to break down, everybody has seen when police arrest you, they always say certain words. which include you have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. well they didn't do that in the case of this suspect. that's because there's something called a public safety exception. and the public safety exception simply says that if you're concerned that there's a plot that is still afoot, if you're concerned there's an emergency, that there could be bombs somewhere else, the authorities don't have to read you your rights at that time. and that's basically what they have decided to do. but they are still going to have to do it eventually. >> joe johns, thank you so much. >>> it's one of the most visible signs that boston is beginning t
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